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Stake clip too tight

This is a discussion on Stake clip too tight within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I'm worried the clips I bought may be too tight. Should the spike be able ...

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    Default Stake clip too tight

    I'm worried the clips I bought may be too tight. Should the spike be able to move freely while the clip is attached to the stake? I've used twisties in the past and thought I'd try something different.
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    If the teeth of the clip aren't scraping the spike when you put it on it should be ok...
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    A good deal of support would certainly aid the plants overall protection plus avoiding damage to spike. and aslong as the membrane or plant tissue remains intact to prevent infection all is well. Must have a bucket full of those teeth clips after been given the unwanted and ofcourse my treats. use twisties mostly. For other plants or maturing spikes their are ties that expand with the girth of the growth. a rubbery spongy bendy wire not all that diff from a dry phal root itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    If the teeth of the clip aren't scraping the spike when you put it on it should be ok...
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    Thank you for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opaline View Post
    A good deal of support would certainly aid the plants overall protection plus avoiding damage to spike. and aslong as the membrane or plant tissue remains intact to prevent infection all is well. Must have a bucket full of those teeth clips after been given the unwanted and ofcourse my treats. use twisties mostly. For other plants or maturing spikes their are ties that expand with the girth of the growth. a rubbery spongy bendy wire not all that diff from a dry phal root itself.
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    That depends on how quickly it is growing. When a spike is first growing, a too tight clip will sometimes cause the spike to buckle behind the clip since it can't slide through it while growing. I particularly have had this problem with slippers, but also the occasional phal.

    Once it isn't as actively growing, a tighter clip isn't usually a problem.

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    I try to use an inch long piece of floral tie while the spike is growing. I also have two sizes of clips. It really is disappointing to find an orchid I've used a clip on all deformed below the clip because it was too tight.

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